When you move to Spain, it is a certainty that you will need to employ the services of a lawyer at some point. Here are some of the reasons you may need legal services in Spain;
Purchasing a property
Starting a business
Making a will.
A Spanish lawyer is known as an Abogado, there are usually several in each town, some of whom will speak good English so finding the right one for you is very important. Legal fees in Spain are generally much lower than in other European countries which is why the use of a lawyer (solicitor/attorney) is much more widespread here than elsewhere. If you can prove that you are on a low income, or have no means to pay for a lawyer, you can apply for the Spanish equivalent of legal aid but, as legal fees are so inexpensive, it is rarely needed.
When you employ legal services in Spain, you should ask for a written quotation of costs upfront. Spanish lawyers often expect an advance payment to cover their costs along the way, so it is good practice to get an estimate of your total costs early on in the process.
The most common reason that people use legal services in Spain is to make a Spanish will. This is essential when moving to Spain, especially if you own a property, as Spanish inheritance law is very complicated and problems can arise when there is no will. Another common use for an Abogado is for tax purposes. Lawyers in Spain are commonly used to register people with the hacienda (Spanish tax office) and submit tax returns, which everyone who lives in Spain, or owns a property here, is obliged to do.
The EWN Spanish business directory can help you to find legal services in your area; there is a rating system or customers to share their experience of each business, which can help you to choose the right service. We are always happy to accept more legal services entries in our Spanish directory. The EWN is the Spanish business directory for the Euro Weekly News English newspaper group.